News & Events

CHRISTMAS FLOWERS: There will be a second collection next weekend, 15/16 December, for the Christmas flowers.

REPOSITORY OPEN THIS WEEKEND: in the hall after both Masses for the  sale of Christmas cards etc. as well as the usual items.

CHRISTMAS SERVICE TIMES 2018As you leave Church today, you will find a leaflet containing all the details of Masses and Services over Christmas.  Please take one home.

 E.M.H.Cs.Could you please collect your new roster from the table at the back of the church.  At the time of writing, Christmas Masses are yet to be announced.  If available to assist, please put your name down on board in Sacristy

PARISH POST OFFICE: The red holder for the Parish Christmas Cards is now in place.  Please ensure that you include a surname when addressing your Christmas Card envelopes and put them in the pocket with the first letter of the surname on it. Don’t forget to collect any cards addressed to you!

 THE BETHLEHEM SHEPHERDS: This is a lovely story and colouring book telling the Christmas story through the eyes of the shepherds. For adults and young children to share.  Available at the back of church for £3.00.

SHOEBOX UPDATE: from Woburn Processing Centre. This year we sent off 6232 shoeboxes in 609 cartons to orphanages, hospitals and children in need in Bulgaria.  Each shoebox is filled with wonderful presents for a child that would not otherwise receive a present this Christmas – love in a box.  Thank you for your generosity and love.      

OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE:The Feast Day Mass of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Wednesday 12th December 2018 at 7.30pm, is being held at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, at St Joseph’s Church, Bedford MK40 1HU.  His Excellency the Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Edward Adams will celebrate the Mass which will be concelebrated by Bishop Peter Doyle.  The Rector and Guardians of the shrine warmly invite you to join them.  There will be a reception following the Mass.  For full details please visit: www.relicourladyofguadalupe.co.uk.    

WINTER NIGHT SHELTER: We have been inundated with requests for help from many of the most vulnerable who are homeless in the Milton Keynes area.  We have moved 8 guests onto permanent accommodation since the start on 1 November and are still operating at capacity with a waiting list.  So Phase 2 venues have gone live meaning that the wider Milton Keynes Winter Night Shelter can accommodate 30 guests over two venues every night through to 1 April.  Thanks for all your prayers and support. wsnightshelter@gmail.com or john@claremont-centre.com   

DIOCESAN MASS:  Bishop Peter would like to invite you to join him at a Mass to mark the close of the Diocesan Year of Prayer and Vocation. The Mass will take place on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception on Saturday, 8th December at 11.30am in the Cathedral, Northampton NN2 6AG. The Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Edward Joseph Adams, will be presiding and preaching at the Mass. The Mass is an opportunity to thank God for graces of the past year, and to commit ourselves anew to prayer and to responding to God’s call to each one of us.   

USED STAMPS FOR GUIDE DOGS FOR THE BLIND: Soon the Christmas cards will begin arriving with lots of Stamps. Please start saving them now and place them in the box on the table by the door.  Every stamp helps in this good cause.  

FOOD BANK: Please leave donations in the Baptistery at the back of the Church. Thank you for your generosity. 

CHRISTIAN NEWS MAGAZINE:  If you live in Woburn Sands, Aspley Guise, Ridgmont, Eversholt or Milton Bryan you will receive your copy delivered to your door.  Otherwise you will receive your copy as usual via the church porch.  Any problems, call me on 01908 670059.  Mary Wilshin

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Online Form for Church Giving: For more information about secure giving click here. To download a form click here  (Northampton Diocese website).

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